We recently took an extended shopping trip to the window dressing store, and spent most of the day trying to decide what we were going to buy to put into our new windows. We completed an addition to our home, and it opens up the kitchen and adds a whole new family room.

So there are a lot more windows that need to be covered and we want to get it right the first time so we don’t have to revisit this decision in the near future. In the end, I just insisted that we go with the best quality, the highest quality is always the best option and they are going to last longer than anything else.

For us and for our window sizes, that means Hunter Douglas blinds. There are many different versions of blinds, and many different brands and quality levels, but the Hunter Douglas ones are the best on the market, and they perfectly fit our requirements and needs for the new space.

It was apparent when we first walked in that not all of the blinds on sale or on offer were going to meet our needs. We wanted a specific style of blinds, one that would be really easy to use, very functional, and would also match the blinds in the rest of the house.

We didn’t need a perfect match, but we didn’t want something that was obviously different or that would clash in some way. We have Hunter Douglas blinds in other rooms in the house, and we love the easy way that they function, and we have never had a problem with them not working correctly for any reason.

We knew that this room would get a lot more use than our other rooms, especially since it is a part of the extended kitchen, and it really just flows from the kitchen into the new living room. There is a new deck outside the back doors, and so in going in and out of the house onto the deck, the doors will be opened and closed a lot, and the blinds are going to be raised and lowered quite a bit more than in other rooms where we already have the Hunter Douglas blinds.

So we needed to be sure we were getting really high quality so that it would last through all the increased wear and tear that is sure to happen in this space. After we looked through everything they had, and we tried out all the materials and all the samples, we decided to go with the updated version of the Hunter Douglas blinds that we already have in our home.

They are going to match, and they are more durable so they will handle all the additional use that we know is coming. And of course, they are going to match the rest of the room perfectly, and the rest of the house will almost match perfectly. The color is neutral, so it won’t be noticeable if they are off a bit.

What Is a Roofer Exactly?

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This might seem like a silly question to put out there, especially since our customers have named us as one of the best Calgary roofing companies for several years running. Still, this is an important question; if you don’t think so, just ask a Calgary homeowner who has been taken in by some sort of roofing scam, or been the victim of very poor workmanship.

At the heart of this issue is that there is currently no government system or authority, here in Canada, to designate, certify, or otherwise approve roofers in any way. In other words, there is nothing to stop you or any other person from going out, printing up a set of business cards referring to yourself as a “professional roofing company,” and starting to take deposits on roof repair projects.

Predictably, this sometimes leads to problems. Not all of the people who halfheartedly get into this business are out to scam anyone, of course, but just quickly find that they are in over their heads. That’s because, simple as our work might seem from the outside, having helped one of your friends put some shingles on the rise over a weekend does not make you a roofer.

So given that anyone can call themselves a roofer, what makes someone a real roofer? In our opinion, a professional roofer, or Calgary roofing company, is one that can:
• Know and explain the difference between different kinds of roofing materials
• Demonstrate years, maybe even decades, of experience with roofing systems
• Deal with unique and unconventional architecture
• Understand how shingles and roofing materials fit into an overall roofing system
• Trace down the source of a leaking roof and determine what kinds of repairs are needed, and where
• Work in demanding and dangerous environments, such as steep, pitched roofs several stories above ground level
• Install and repair a roof in all seasons, including winter
• Know the difference between different materials and manufacturers, working to install them perfectly

These are just a few examples, of course, and we could add dozens more. The point, however, is that there’s a lot more to roofing than meets the eye, which is why quality Calgary roofing companies and contractors spend so much time becoming experts in craftsman.

As a homeowner, your best defense against poor work is asking questions. Even if you don’t know the specifics, ask your roofer to explain things like the proper way to install shingles on sloped roof, the differences between asphalt and wood shakes, or how to protect the interior of your house if it rains during roof repairs. The answer they give doesn’t have to be eloquent – not all roofers are great with words – but you should get the sense that they know what they’re doing, and have done it dozens or hundreds of times before.

From the outside, the roofing business can seem like an easy one to get into, which is probably why so many untrained people decide to jump in. If you want to keep your house warm and dry, however, it’s probably best not to have them doing on-the-job training on your home.

The Roof Hospital is one of Calgary’s best roof repair and Installation Company. Call us today for a free quote and consultation.

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